Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we begin this new year and recover from our Christmas season liturgies, I offer some New Year’s nourishments in lieu of resolutions.

1. Remember that you are loved.

“You are precious and honored in my sight and I love you.” (Is 43:4) “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” (Jer 31:3)

2. Seek spiritual refreshment

Be sure to take time to pray every day. Go to a Taizé prayer service. Sit in the pew on a Sunday off. Be ministered to and seek to be inspired.

3. Challenge yourself musically

Many of us have been playing the same music at church for many years. Understandably, musical boredom can set it. Take the time to shake things up. Trying playing familiar hymns and songs from memory. Work on a new prelude or postlude. Get together with other musicians in your parish and sightread new repertoire. Or maybe plan a recital of sacred and secular music.

4. Set boundaries and know your limits.

Too often our church and domestic lives spill over into each other. Be sure to set boundaries and know when to say no. Ask for help with ‘menial’ tasks. Recruit choir members to organize the choir library. Have them help with choir hospitality and holiday parties. As music directors we don’t have to do it all.

O God of wonder and light, inspire us to share more willingly the light of his presence with your beloved sons and daughters in our parish. Make us radiate the exuberance of this joyful season. May our service to your name truly be an epiphany of hope to your people. We ask this in the name of your Son, born of the Virgin Mary. He is Lord forever and ever. Amen. (Prayer by Jerry Galipeau)

—Keith Kalemba
Assistant Chapter Director